Costco North Lakes has caused a stir with Brisbane shoppers, so what other stores need to come to town?

In-N-Out Burger

It’s the fast food chain known for its tantalising double beef patty burgers and for being hit up by celebrities craving a much needed calorie fix after glam awards shows, but so far the American chain has only teased its Australian fans by offering a taste of its burgery goodness. An In-N-Out Burger pop-up shop sprung up in Sydney late last year and was an instant success, with all 300 available burgers selling out in less than 90 minutes.


H&M opened its Australian flagship store in Melbourne in April,but there has also been longtime speculation that a Brisbane store could also be on the cards following the introduction of Topshop into our CBD. The fashion and homewares chain is known for its affordable designer collaborations and has previously worked with the likes of Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, and Jimmy Choo. The upside for Brisbanites is that they stock a little bit of everything, from clothes, undies and accessories for men, women, and kids as well as homewares, including cushions, towels, bedding and curtains.


Well, now that we’ve got a Costco, what about a Walmart? We all know about the retail juggernaut from watching too much American TV but so far the largest retailer in the world has not made its way to Australia.  The store offers a huge range of items for purchase and has developed quite the cult following across the world — people have been married there and quite a few babies have been born inside the store’s walls.




Women across Australia are guilty of exceeding their luggage allowance by returning to home base with suitcases bulging from Sephora products. The Australian Financial Review reports that, after turning down offers from Myer and David Jones to set up outlets in their department stores, Sephora will open its first stand-alone store in Sydney in early 2015. Brisbane beauty mavens have their fingers crossed that a Queensland store is not too far behind.

Carl’s Jr

It’s the burger business that uses glamorous women to spruik its wares. The American fast food chain has already pulled the unusual move of not opening its first store in a capital city, but has instead opted to open 10 franchises on the central, mid and northern New South Wales coasts. Not that Brisbane really needs another fast food outlet, but still, we don’t want to be left out.


Fast fashion label Zara has stores in Melbourne and Sydney, with more than 1800 stores worldwide, but so far has not seen fit to open a Brisbane store. Despite fashionistas holding out hope that a Brisbane store was on the cards, Zara’s communications office in Spain said last year there were no current plans to open a Zara boutique in Brisbane.


Uniqlo will open its first Sydney store by the end of the year and already calls Melbourne home. Uniqlo (pronounced “YOU-nee-klo”) is a Japanese casual wear designer, manufacturer and retailer. Brisbane shoppers would be spoiled for choice if this mega retailer came to town.


Not really interested in clothing and fast food? Well then Kinokuniya is for you. Brisbane bookworms would be in heaven if this Sydney-based store came to town — Kinokuniya Sydney offers a large range of books with over 300,000 titles in English, Japanese, Chinese, French and German. Kinokuniya also stocks an extensive collection of manga, graphic novels, art and design books, cookbooks, travel books and children’s literature.

Forever 21

Last but not least on the fashion-chains-that-need-to-come-to-Brisbane bandwagon is Forever 21. It’s a one-stop-shop for mens and womens casual and evening wear, and boasts 480 outlets in the US and stores in Europe, Asia and Latin America. In a surprise move, they have announced they will open their first Australian store in Brisbane this year.

What stores would you like to add to the list and see come to Brisbane? Let us know below!

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